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Amazon and Whole Foods – Free Two-Hour Delivery

Touch the Soil News #933 (Feature photo – Fresh Produce – CCA 2.5 Generic) Do you live in Austin, Texas (1 million people), Cincinnati, Ohio (300,000 people), Dallas, Texas (1.2 million people) or Virginia Beach, Virginia (450,000 people)? If so, you can be part of a pilot program to receive free delivery from Whole Foods in less than two hours for an order of $35 or more. The kicker is that you have to be an Amazon Prime member which costs $99 year. The question is, how do you negotiate heavy urban traffic and get orders to their destination in just two hours? Obviously Amazon and Whole Foods are confident…

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Odd, but Interesting

Touch the Soil News #823 (Feature photo – public domain by Caldorwards4) How much is a typical Albertson’s grocery store building and parking lot worth? On September 25, 2017, the Albertson’s company entered into an agreement to sell the real estate facilities of 71 of its grocery stores and lease them back from the new buyer. A rather unusual transaction, we were able to find the original terms of the deal as registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The purchase price of the real estate associated with the 71 Albertson’s stores is $720,661,534. This equates to an average of $10,150,162 per store location. Unfortunately, the document did not include…

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Electrically Delivered Food – Demise of Grocery Stores?

Touch the Soil News #660 (Feature Photo courtesy of PicNic) Across the ocean in Europe – The Netherlands specifically – a new online supermarket started up 18 months ago. Called PicNic, they started up with 150 customers and now serve over 30,000 households. The process strives to get groceries to people at the least cost. Here is how it works: You download the PicNic app. You order online what you want. Within 10 minutes of ordering, you get a confirmation of when the groceries will be delivered to your home. You can follow in real time the delivery vehicle on its way to your house. The service is like the…

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Grocery Services to Change Food Buying

Touch the Soil News #527 Online giant Amazon has been in the top end food delivery service since 2008. Now they want to actually open brick and mortar stores. Some of the stores will be what is called Click and Collect – buy the groceries online and then stop at a convenient Amazon store to pick them up. Rumors are that Amazon may utilize license-plate scanning, in-store Kiosks and a rapid drive-through pick-up option. While it is still a ways off, rumor also has it that they plan to have a 20-location pilot program in places such as Seattle, Las Vegas, the Bay Area and New York within a couple…

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